sub·​cor·​ti·​cal | \ ˌsəb-ˈkȯr-ti-kəl How to pronounce subcortical (audio) \

Definition of subcortical

: of, relating to, involving, or being a part of the brain below the cerebral cortex subcortical lesions

Examples of subcortical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the study, the brain scans showed subjects’ subcortical gray matter volume decreased between January and August and increased between August and December. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 6 Apr. 2021 When a person gets a compliment, the more primitive, subcortical auditory regions first reacts to the intonation—the emotional force of spoken words. Virginia Morell, National Geographic, 6 Aug. 2020 In both dogs and humans, subcortical parts of the brain process intonations, while higher, cortical parts of the brain process word meanings. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 5 Aug. 2020 Entrainment usually happens without conscious thought, occurring in the subcortical regions of the brain, Stegemoller says. Luke Ottenhof, Popular Mechanics, 26 July 2020 These suggest that the control region may be located in the subcortical region of the left brain hemisphere. Adrian Woolfson, WSJ, 5 Mar. 2020 The amygdala, a subcortical brain structure that responds to threat, can become hijacked: Children who experienced parental deprivation show amygdala hyperactivity, meaning the brain is more likely to signal danger even when there is none. Dylan Gee, Vox, 20 June 2018 Or different mechanisms might generate an attack in subcortical brain structures that help to process light, sound and other sensory stimuli and influence pain-sensing neurons in the brain. R. Allan Purdy, Scientific American, 1 May 2017 Connections between higher-order systems and subcortical regions were also altered. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, 12 Apr. 2018

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1899, in the meaning defined above

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“Subcortical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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sub·​cor·​ti·​cal | \ -ˈkȯrt-i-kəl How to pronounce subcortical (audio) \

Medical Definition of subcortical

: of, relating to, involving, or being nerve centers below the cerebral cortex subcortical lesions subcortical sensation

Other Words from subcortical

subcortically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce subcortical (audio) \ adverb


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